The Amateur-Oberliga Berlin was the second tier of the German football league system in the city of West Berlin in Germany from 1947 until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, operating under the name of Amateurliga Berlin. After 1963, it was the third tier until 1991, when the league was disbanded. In 1974, the league changed its name from Amateurliga Berlin to Amateur-Oberliga Berlin.
|Folded||1991 (44 seasons)|
|Level on pyramid||Level 3|
|Relegation to||Landesliga Berlin|
|Domestic cup(s)||Berlin Cup|
|Last champions||Tennis Borussia Berlin |
The league was formed under the name of Amateurliga Berlin in 1947 as the second tier of play in the then still united city of Berlin, below the "old" Oberliga Berlin.
The league operated with two groups in the 1947-48 season, split into four groups the year after, returned to two in 1949-50 and run in one single group from then onwards. After this season, the East Berlin clubs left the Berlin league system to join that of East Germany instead.
It consisted of twelve teams from 1950, with the two first placed clubs gaining promotion to the Oberliga and the two bottom placed teams being relegated to the Landesliga. The number of clubs was extended to fifteen in 1952, with a third team being relegated from then on. In 1959, the number of clubs was extended to sixteen.
With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the "old" Oberliga Berlin was disbanded and the new second-tier Regionalliga Berlin became the highest league in the city of West-Berlin, absorbing most of its clubs. Three clubs from the Amateurliga Berlin were admitted to the new Regionalliga in 1963, these being the Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin, Union 06 Berlin and Reinickendorfer Füchse.
The league continued with sixteen clubs and three relegated teams but only one promotion spot now to the Regionalliga. With the enlargement of the Regionalliga in 1965, six clubs from the Amateurliga were admitted and a second promotion spot was granted to the league from then on. In 1969, a seventeenth club was added, the year after an eighteenth.
With the introduction of the 2nd Bundesliga Nord and the disbanding of the Regionalliga Berlin in 1974, the Amateurliga became the highest league in Berlin, still as the third tier of the German league system. Nine of the twelve clubs from the Regionalliga went to the Amateurliga which meant that the Amateurliga clubs placed ninth to eighteens were relegated to the Landesliga to keep the number of teams in the league to eighteen. With the reorganization of the Regionalligas in 1974, the league was renamed Amateur-Oberliga Berlin.
From 1974, the champions of the Amateurliga had to take part in a promotion play-off to determine the teams promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga. In 1976, the league was reduced to sixteen clubs. Unlike the other Oberliga champions, the winner of the Berlin league was not directly promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga after this but had to play out a series against the runners-up of the Oberliga Nord, which they lost both times, in 1979 and 1980.
The inception of a single 2nd Bundesliga in 1981 meant no team was promoted from the Oberligas that year and after 1981, the Oberliga Berlin champion had to play-off with the winners of the Oberligas Nord, Westfalen and Nordrhein.
With the German reunion came the reorganization of the football in former East Germany. The Oberliga Berlin was disbanded and its clubs spread between the NOFV-Oberligas Nord and Mitte. The teams placed fifteens and sixteenth went to the new Verbandsliga Berlin.
The league champions:
|1947–48||Minerva 93 Berlin||SV Lichtenberg 47||Viktoria 89 Berlin||—|
|1948–49||Hertha BSC Berlin||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||VfB Britz||VfL Nord|
|1949–50||SV Lichtenberg 47||Minerva 93 Berlin||—||—|
Source:"Oberliga Berlin" (in German). Das deutsche Fussball–Archiv. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
Placings in the league 1963 to 1991Edit
The complete list of clubs in the league and their final placings:
|Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||4||4||7||15||13||16||1||2B||2B||B||2B||2B||2B||2B|
|Tennis Borussia Berlin||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||B||2B||B||2B||2B||2B||2B||1||3||2||1||2B||2||2||8||3||1|
|Hertha BSC II 2||3||11||18||2||2||6||4||4||7||10||8||4||11||10||6||9||6|
|Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin II||14||16||8|
|Wacker 04 Berlin||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||2B||2B||2B||1||2B||3||15||4||4||12||9|
|VfB Lichterfelde 3||5||13|
|Tasmania Berlin 1||RL||RL||B||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||9||14||13||7||8||3||6||9||10||16|
|Traber FC Mariendorf||17||12||5||13||6||7||8||2||5||10||11||17|
|VfB Sperber Neukölln||9||12||11||10||15||4||15||14||12||7||15|
|Lichterfelder SU 3||6||6||RL||RL||14||5||2||8||6||4||6||10||7||12||16|
|FV Brandenburg-Lichterfelde 3||13||16||15|
|TuS Makkabi Berlin||7||9||6||14|
|Lichtenrader BC 25||5||9||14||15|
|SC Westend 01||2||RL||3||3||8||8||8||14||11||14||15||16|
|SC Union 06 Berlin||RL||9||15||7||4||16||3||10||8||1||9||4||4||7||12||16||16|
|BSC Rehberge Berlin||11||16||17||16|
|BFC Viktoria 1889||1||RL||RL||15||5||7||6||6||12||16|
|Tennis Borussia Berlin II||15||5||7||5||7||7||9||5||5||10||10||15|
|BSV 1892 Berlin||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||1||RL||RL||RL||5||11||11||14||15|
|Polizei SV Berlin||12||15||12||6||5||12||10||16||6||8||3||11||9||15|
|1. FC Neukölln||10||1||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||RL||12||18|
|Kickers 1900 Berlin||9||8||2||RL||RL||RL||RL||15||14||13||6||16|
|Alemannia 90 Berlin||3||3||RL||RL||1||RL||RL||RL||RL||17|
|Meteor 06 Berlin||7||11||5||5||2||RL||RL||2||RL||12||18|
|SC des Westens 97||15||17|
|VfL Nord Berlin||14||8||4||3||RL||2||RL||12||18|
|Normannia 08 Berlin||18|
|Hertha 06 Berlin||10||11||11||11||17|
|Tasmania 1900 Berlin II *||4||2||16|
- 1 In 1973 SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin went bankrupt and was reformed as Tasmania 73 Berlin . In 2001 the club changed its name to SV Tasmania-Gropiusstadt 1973. In 2011 the club changed its name to SV Tasmania Berlin.
- 2 In 1986 Hertha BSC Berlin II had to withdraw from the league due to the relegation of the first team.
- 3 In 1988 Lichterfelder SU merged with FV Brandednburg-Lichterfelde to form VfB Lichterfelde. In 2004 the club changed its name to Lichterfelder FC.
|RL 2B||Regionalliga Berlin (1963–74) 2. Bundesliga (1974–present)|
|Blank||Played at a league level below this league|
Founding members of the Amateurliga BerlinEdit
The first proper season of the Amateurliga Berlin took place in 1950, after the East German clubs had left and the league was reduced to one group only. The founder members of this league were:
Disbanding of the Oberliga BerlinEdit
The league was disbanded in 1991, its clubs spread between the new NOFV-Oberligas Mitte and Nord and the Verbandsliga Berlin.
The Berlin-Liga (formerly Verbandsliga Berlin) is now the highest league in the city of Berlin. The NOFV-Oberliga Mitte existed for only three seasons, then its clubs were spread between the other two NOFV-Oberligas, Nord and Süd. All clubs on this level based in Berlin now play in the northern group.
- kicker Almanach - The yearbook on German football from Bundesliga to Oberliga, first published: 1937, published by the Kicker Sports Magazine
- "Deutschlands Fussball in Zahlen" - An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS
- Die Deutsche Liga Chronik 1945-2006, Section F: Berlin and the Northeast region, publisher: DSFS, published: 2006
- (in German) Berlin Football Association (BFV)
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